We did up a brief 'tour guide' for them, suggesting aspects of both sites that they might want to have a good look at or ask questions about. You can download the tour guide here.
They'll have a much better trip out to the proposed Adare motocross development site than most people do. The Council had a crew out there on Tuesday and Wednesday with a grader, roller, dump truck and a ute with a herbicide sprayer, and eight staff including the drivers and the traffic controllers.
|Smoother, cleaner but still dangerous - check out that blind crest in the background.|
Actually we were out on Adare Road on the day of Race 1 of the Wild West Enduro Series at Adare Homestead on 11 January this year. There were more than 150 riders at that, from Toowoomba, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Townsville and Armidale. Not a minor event, but there was no evidence of any roadwork having been done on Adare Road in preparation it.
|Even the weeds were getting a wash. Wonder if they polished the road signs too?|
|This is what the Redbank Creek crossing looked like last time with the mountain bike traffic.|
Even if the roadworks were being done in preparation for the mountain bike event at Adare Homestead some questions need to be asked about the cost of the operation and the reason this bit of road got priority.
There are only two houses served by the section of road that was upgraded. Coles Road, also in Adare and running off Redbank Creek Road, is only two kilometres long, is unsealed and serves four houses. It's currently a rough, rutted and narrow track. Residents have been trying for a long time, without any success to get Council to do some maintenance work on this road. The money and effort put into this bit of Adare Road would have made a substantial improvement to Coles Road.
The Council might argue that the Adare Homestead mountain bike operation is providing an economic benefit to the Lockyer Valley Region, but if they did it would be interesting to see a justification. Here's what prospective competitors at a 2013 event were told about the site:
Venue address: Adare Homestead, 583 Adare Road Gatton. Adare Homestead is located at the end of Adare Rd. Approximately 10 kilometres north of Gatton township and 70 minutes from the CBD.
Directions from the East: From Brisbane travel west out the Warrego Highway towards Toowoomba. Take the Gatton exit and follow Eastern Drive, right onto Old College Road, turn right into Allan Street, at the bottle shop, go straight ahead into Adare Road and head north. The sealed road ends and continue north on the gravel road over the causeway to Adare Homestead.
From the West: Travel east along the Warrego Highway towards Brisbane. At the end of Gatton Bypass, exit head into Gatton and follow the same directions as above.
i.e. no one needs to go through the Gatton CBD, or even past any food outlets to get to the venue. (These are the same directions that would be needed to get to the proposed motocross operation on Adare Road.)
What to bring. Bring all the items required to support your race including track pump, spares, sunscreen, shade shelter (pop up tent), table, chairs, food and water (cup of cement is optional). Don't to forget to bring all your riding kit and a sense of humour!
We provide limited water, ablutions and mechanic service. If you run into trouble, you can purchase sports nutrition, tubes and spares from Sheryl from MTB Mechanic.
People are told to bring their own food and everything else they might need. Water is available on site, as are a mechanic service, sports nutrition, tubes and spares. The accompanying map showed a site labelled 'coffee', so presumably that essential is also provided. What reason would patrons have to to into Gatton for anything?
If the roadworks were for the benefit of the mountain bike operation and not just to give the Councillors a better impression of the access to proposed motocross facility, where is the economic justification for the expenditure of public money?
Me? I think it was all to make the motocross operation look good for the Councillors - at public expense.